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money, while you count the grains of sand.
Whichever can be counted the quickest will be
the cheapest/

The white chief took the sand and poured it
out Into the palm of his hand5 and as he looked at
it, he said:

'I would not live long enough to count this, but
you can count the money quickly.5

'Then/ our chief said, 'our land is more valuable
than your money. It will last for ever. It will
not even perish by the flames of fire. As long as
the sun shines and the waters flow., this land will
be here to give life to men and animals. We can-
not sell the lives of men and animals; therefore we
cannot sell this land. It was put here for us by
the Great Spirit, and we cannot sell it because it
does not belong to us. You can count your
money and burn it within the nod of a buffalo's
head, but only the Great Spirit can count the
grains of sand and the blades of grass on these
plains. As a present to you, we will give you
anything we have that you can take with you; but
the land, never/

The white chief then said:

T was sent here by the Great White Mother
who rules over all the country from Keratin—
North Wind—across the Kisisaskatchewan—Swift
Current, a river of the North—on to the Western
Sea, She invites you to join your brethren of the